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CDS-1 2024 Application Form Date, Age Limit and Syllabus
Tuesday | September 5, 2023

Are you a young graduate looking for an adventurous career in the Indian Armed Forces? The Combined Defence Services (CDS) examination is the best way to realize your dreams. It provides graduates like you with a golden opportunity to join the Indian Armed Forces as an officer. The Union Public Service Commission conducts the CDS exam twice a year. It consists of multiple stages like qualifying the written exam, getting recommendation from SSB and clearing medical tests, etc. Through the CDS exam, the UPSC selects eligible candidates for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. After completing the required training, all candidates join their respective wings as commissioned officers. Read on to learn more about the CDS 1 2024 application form date, age limit and syllabus.

CDS-1 2024 Complete Details

 

You will learn more about the CDS 1 2024 exam in detail here. Read on to know the exam, application mode, exam conducting body, academies and the steps involved in the selection process.

 

Events Details 
Exam Name  CDS 1 2024 Exam
Academies Indian Military Academy

Officers Training Academy

Indian Naval Academy

Indian Air Force Academy

Courses IMA 158th Course

INA Ezhimala Course

AFA Hyderabad Course

OTA 121st SSC (Men) Course

OTA 35th SSC (Women) Course

Exam Conducting Body  Union Public Service Commission – UPSC
Official Website  Welcome to UPSC | UPSC 
Application Mode  Online 
Exam Frequency  Twice a year 
Eligible Category  IMA, INA, AFA – Only Male 

OTA – Both Male and Female 

Mode of Exam  Offline (OMR Based)
Selection Process 
  • Written Exam 
  • SSB Interview
  • Medical Exam

 

After completing your graduation, if you want to join IMA, AFA, INA, or OTA, then apply for the CDS exam. Interestingly, even if you are in the final year of your graduation program, you can apply for the CDS exam. To check all important dates regarding the CDS 1 2024 exam, check the table below.

CDS-1 2024 All Important Dates

 

Here are the important dates for the CDS 1 2024 exam.

Events  Dates
CDS 1 2024 registration date  20th December 2023
CDS 1 2024 application form date 20th December 2023
CDS 1 2024 application form last date 9th January 2024
CDS 1 2024 admit card release date 3 weeks before the date of the examination 
CDS 1 2024 exam date 21st April 2024 (Sunday)
CDS 1 2024 written result declaration May 2024 (Tentative)
CDS 1 2024 SSB Interview dates To be updated soon
CDS 1 2024 final result and merit list To be updated soon

 

CDS-1 2024 Age Limit 

 

Candidates who want to apply for the CDS exam must ensure that they satisfy the CDS 1 2024 age limit. For IMA, INA, AFA and OTA (both men and women), the age limit is given below.

Indian Military Academy (IMA) – 2nd January 2001 to 1st January 2006

Indian Naval Academy (INA) – 2nd January 2001 to 1st January 2006

Air Force Academy (AFA) as on 1st January 2025 – 2nd January 2001 to 1st January 2005

(The upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable for up to 26 years). For such candidates, the CDS 1 2024 age limit is 2nd January 1999 to 1st January 2005

Officers Training Academy OTA (Men) – 2nd January 2000 to 1st January 2006

Officers Training Academy OTA (Women) – 2nd January 2000 to 1st January 2006

CDS-1 2024 Educational Qualification

 

The educational qualifications for CDS 1 2024 are different for different academies. For IMA and OTA (both men and women), candidates should graduate in any stream from a recognized University. To ensure their eligibility for INA, candidates should possess an engineering degree from a recognized university. For AFA, the combination of physics and mathematics at the 10+2 level is a must. Besides, candidates should also possess a graduation degree or preferably a Bachelor of Engineering degree.

 

CDS-1 2024 Syllabus

 

The CDS 1 2024 syllabus consists of three papers, English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics. All these three papers are mandatory for the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy. While the Officers’ Training Academy has only two papers, English, and General Knowledge. The CDS 1 2024 written exam will take place in offline mode consisting of only objective-type questions. Read the below sections to understand the CDS 1 2024 syllabus and exam pattern in detail.

 

CDS-1 2024 English Syllabus

 

=> Reading Comprehension

=> Fill in the Blanks

=> Sentence Rearrangement

=> Grammar and Vocabulary

=> Synonyms and Antonyms

=> Idioms and Phrases

=> Spotting the Errors

=> Sentence Sequencing

=> One-word substitutions

=> Para Jumbles

 

General Knowledge Syllabus for CDS-1 2024

 

=> Important National & International Happenings

=> Personalities in News

=> General Science

=> Economics

=> History of India

=> Games and Sports

=> Awards and Honors

=> Geography

=> Political Science

=> Indian Constitution

=> Everyday Observation

=> Scientific Discoveries

=> Current Affairs

=> Heritage and Culture

=> UN & International Organizations

 

CDS-1 2024 Elementary Mathematics Syllabus

 

=> Algebra

=> H.C.F. and L.C.M.

=> Theory of Polynomials

=> Quadratic Equations

=> Number System

=> Unitary Method

=> Time and Distance

=> Time and Work

=> Percentage

=> Simple & Compound Interest

=> Profit and Loss

=> Ratio and proportion

=> Trigonometry

=> Geometry

=> Mensuration

=> Statistics

 

Exam Pattern of CDS-1 2024 for IMA, INA, and AFA

 

If you wish to join IMA, INA, or AFA through CDS, you need to attempt all three papers. So, here you can get complete details on the CDS 1 2024 exam pattern for IMA, INA, and AFA.

 

Particulars Details 
Papers 
  1. Paper I – English Paper
  2. Paper II – General Knowledge Paper
  3. Paper III – Elementary Mathematics
Number of Questions 
  1. English- 120 Questions
  2. General Knowledge – 120 Questions
  3. Elementary Mathematics – 100 Questions
Maximum Marks 
  1. English – 100 Marks
  2. General Knowledge – 100 Marks
  3. Elementary Mathematics – 100 Marks
Time Duration 
  1. English – 2 Hours
  2. General Knowledge – 2 Hours
  3. Elementary Mathematics – 2 Hours
Exam Shift 
  1. First Shift – English Paper 
  2. Second Shift – General Knowledge Paper
  3. Third Shift – Elementary Mathematics
Positive Marking 
  1. 0.833 marks will be given for every correct answer in the English and General Knowledge papers.
  2. While in the Elementary Mathematics paper, 1 mark will be given for every correct answer. 
Negative Marking 
  1. 0.277 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer in the English and General Knowledge papers. 
  2. While in the Elementary Mathematics paper, 0.33 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.
Nature of Questions  Multiple-Choice Questions
Mode of Exam  Offline (OMR-Based) 

 

CDS-1 2024 Exam Pattern for OTA

 

The OTA is a completely different concept in the CDS exam. Both male and female candidates can apply for OTA through the CDS exam. There are only two papers for OTA, one is English and the other one is General Knowledge paper. Check the CDS 1 2024 exam pattern for OTA in the following table.

 

Particulars Details 
Papers 
  1. Paper I – English Paper
  2. Paper II – General Knowledge Paper
Number of Questions 
  1. English – 120 Questions
  2. General Knowledge – 120 Questions
Maximum Marks 
  1. English – 100 Marks
  2. General Knowledge – 100 Marks
Time Duration 
  1. English – 2 Hours
  2. General Knowledge – 2 Hours
Exam Shift 
  1. First Shift – English Paper 
  2. Second Shift – General Knowledge Paper
Positive Marking  0.833 for every correct answer 
Negative Marking  0.277 for every wrong answer
Nature of Questions  Multiple-Choice Questions
Mode of Exam  Offline (OMR-Based) 

 

CDS-1 2024 FAQs

 

=> When will UPSC release the CDS 1 2024 application form?

 

UPSC will release the CDS 1 2024 application form on 20th December 2023.

 

=> What is the CDS 1 2024 application form date?

 

The CDS 1 2024 application form date will start on 20th December 2023 and end on 9th January 2024.

 

=> What is the CDS 1 2024 age limit?

 

The CDS 1 2024 age limit for IMA, INA, and AFA is 19-24 years, and for OTA, it is 19-25 years.

 

=> What is the CDS 1 2024 age limit for girls?

 

The age limit for girls is 19-25 years. Girls can apply only for OTA through the CDS exam.

 

=> Which is the best coaching for CDS 1 2024 preparation?

 

Centurion Defence Academy is the best coaching for CDS 1 2024 preparation. It provides complete guidance for written and SSB Interview.

 

=> What is the CDS 1 2024 registration date?

 

The CDS 1 2024 registration date will start from 20th December 2023.

 

=> What is the CDS 1 2024 exam date? 

 

The CDS 1 2024 exam date is 21st April 2024.

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